Heroes Season 4: A Time for New Beginnings

It's a time for new beginnings in tonight's Heroes season premiere. After two seasons of steadily losing viewers, the show is out prove that it can be phenomenal again -- and I'm betting every new episode will pack a solid punch. Where does my confidence come from, you ask? To understand the show's renewed potential for greatness, we need to go back to the beginning.

Season 1 featured an easy-to-follow plot and a catchy one-liner that always brought the story back home: "Save the Cheerleader. Save the World." Whenever things got a bit too confusing, the hero Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia) would earnestly chime in and remind his co-conspirators of the task at hand: Don't let anyone kill the girl who can't die. Everything wrapped up nicely, leaving viewers with just enough unanswered questions to come back for more.

But then -- as the superhuman characters ran wild, exploring their powers and independently trying to save the world -- the well-woven story became harder to keep track of. Every character had a personal agenda, and some of them completely fell off the map. Hiro's extensive time traveling got him stuck in ancient Japan, distancing him from his original quest to help Peter save the world, and the epic stories of his time travel were so divergent from the main story that they could have been a whole 'nother show. Things continued this way for two more seasons -- and it was hard not to breathe a sigh of relief when Volume Four concluded and some of the more complicated plotlines finally ended.

Through those two rough seasons, ardent fans have stuck around, insisting that the plot complications would resolve themselves. And by golly, after talking with a few of Heroes' stars -- including Masi Oka and Hayden Panettierre -- Season 4 is looking promising. Not just passable; I'm talkin' Season 1 levels of good, folks.

The introduction of Prison Break's Robert Knepper as Samuel Sullivan, a power-endowed villain, will take a bit of the pressure off Sylar (Zachary Quinto) to be a badass 24/7. So what can we expect from Knepper's character? "I could have [played the role as] a typical carnival barker, but went with a Keith Richards persona," Knepper said in an interview with TV.com. With that in mind, I feel comfortable saying that an episode without Sylar doing something truly demonic and sadistic can still be exciting.

Oh, and: There will be a girl-on-girl kiss. Off-to-college Claire and her new roommate Gretchen (Madeline Zima) will get up to a fair amount of freshman-year mischief this season. During a chat with Panettierre last week, the actress explained her character's relationship with Gretchen: "It's a very interesting relationship because there's a little bit of a flirting with the whole: Are we friends? Are we more? Do I have feelings for you in that way?" Panettierre finished her statement by singing a line from Katy Perry's recent hit: "I kissed a girl and I liked it!"

In addition to Claire's lesbian encounter, Heroes will take another interesting turn this fall: Hiro is fatally ill and looks too weak to time travel. So the new question is: Who will spread the message through time and space to "save the cheerleader, save the world?"

Season 4 Extended Preview

The two-hour season premiere of Heroes airs tonight -- Monday, September 21 -- at 8 pm on NBC

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I'm so happy Heroes seems to be getting back into the drama and psychological effect of being gifted (or cursed) with superpowers. That's why season 1 was so amazing. I mean, I like big plots and action as much as the next guy, but season 3 it all went horribly wrong. The actions and plot got so intricate, it actually got kinda stupid. Well, kinda is an understatement. the last half of Villains and first half of Fugitives were brutal. Orientation and Jump Push Fall were a step in the right direction. So far, Badass Matt and Imaginary Sylar are my favorite part, and Robert Knepper's delivering as Samuel so much more effectively than I expected, and I expected T-Bag levels of awesome, but this is better. the carnival plot is really unique, too. it actually reminds me of a lot of early X-Men villains like Blob and Mesmero. I think the only poor thing that's come from these two episodes is we're seeing the time travel aspect again. Am I the only one who realizes the huge hole Hiro created when he fixed the Ando/sister thing 14 years ago? If Ando and his sister have been together ever since then, how does this effect everything Ando did in season 1+? i don't think the writers thought that out. Anyway, I hope they can keep this up and the characters get written with more layers.
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The premiere stank and I predict this will be the last season.
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I am happy it is back!!
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It was a great come back i loved!!!
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It's always interesting to me to note how stupid people truly are; that the simplest of shows could baffle their senses and completely evaporate any alignment of reason. Heroes was never complicated. The stories, however many, were utterly screwball and just plain bad. Season two had one of the worst strings of episodes of any series out there, as well as the worst character arcs, overall. Sylar, period. Anyway, you want to see something truly baffling, watch Primer, a film about two engineers who discover how to time travel and in the process eff your minds out.
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First few minutes was actually good, the rest was ultimately disappointing save for a few scenes making this premiere subpar overall.
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wow...I am going to love to see Claire's bi-ness played out on the show. I'm a sucker for girl-on-girl, there isn't enough of it. And Claire is hot, even if her character isn't the kind of chick I usually go for.

I have been disappointed in the last two seasons but Heroes is still great TV at its worst. Just it will be nice if it really lives up to the hype this season, because it has great potential if the writing improves.
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I always liked Heores even when everyone was knocking the show. I think Robert Knepper is a great addition to the show anyone who can act 3 whole seasons with a fake hand (T-Bag on Prison Break) has my respect as a great actor. I think they have to bring back the fact they are all connected like in Season 1, it was their in season 2 + 3 but not as much. Which it looks like they are going back down that road for season 4. p.s. Also get rid of Mohinder his character is dead weight.
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"There will be a girl-on-girl kiss."
and an actor coming from another series..
that is all the hope and optimism? gimmicks..
wow..
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It was quite interesting, Robert Knepper, is by far one of the greatest tv villians, don't forget he was on prison break. But i was somewhat a little confused; Do you think Samuel and Sylar, will be friends or foes? I wonder...
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well, i guess it wouldn't hurt 2 sink 2 the level of using hot lesbians 2 attract viewers...
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Doesn't matter. Unless they give the show an end date like Lost did the show will bleed viewers and this will be the last season.
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Since when was repetition a good thing?
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Can't wait for tonight especially after reading this article. Ive watched since the beginning and am glad that its going to recover from the previous two lackluster seasons. Oh and the addition of Madelne Zima is awesome!! She is great on Californication...
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HEROES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I am watching HOUSE NBC sucks
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I am watching HOUSE NBC sucks
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This will be interesting to see actually.

A lot of people don't know there are large parts of the show that were cancelled when the writers strike tore up the series.

Season 2 was supposed to be 24 episdoes but they made 11. They had to squeeze in storylines and pretty much tear through the thick of the content with little to no time for small details.

The third volume was cancelled in its entirety and the new third volume had large chunks of story missing due to missing episodes so they had to tie up even more loose ends.

This is why the damn series felt like it was too complex. They just had to pack in the content from the volume that got cancelled for it all to make sense.

Hopefully they will get it back on track though.
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I'm hopeful that this season will return the show to its former glory. I will stick with it to the end, cancelled or brought to a close. I just think they made it too complicated with too many people to keep track of. Keep it simple and the show will flourish again.

@Misthoe: Peter will probably never get his original powers back. I liked his original power, too, but the writers kept running into problems and plotholes with Peter having so many powers. For example, when he opened the vault door at the end of season 2 with his telekinesis, why didn't he just faze through? Or use radiation to melt the door? It is just much more simple this way, I will grudglingly admit, and now Peter has a limit to his power, which is more interesting than an all-powerful person with no possible conflicts to stand in his way.
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They better give Peter back his real ability
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Sounds good so far... but also Season 2 in its time i will "wait and see" first



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sounds good to me I'm watching.
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